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DXF file formats

DXF (Drawing eXchange File) is an interchange format originally developed in 1982 by Autodesk for enabling interoperability with other software applications.

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Quick overview


Computer-Aided Design aids in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a 2D and 3D designs. It is extensively used in many applications, including automotive, shipbuilding, and aerospace industries, industrial and architectural design, prosthetics, and many more.

Currently, AutoCAD and MicroStation are the two most widely used general-purpose CAD platforms.

DXF usefulness is declining as software applications increasingly support the DWG format directly with licensed read/write technology from Autodesk or from third-party providers such as the Open Design Alliance.

The usual workflow when working with CAD data is to define a spatial reference, add the data to the map, georeference the dataset with existing data and set the display properties.

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